1990’s Fireplace Makeover

In February of this year we replaced a fireplace in a client’s living room that we thought would be fun to share, as the new look transformed the entire space.

Many of our clients are surprised that we offer turnkey installation services, including framing and surrounds for a new or replacement gas or wood burning fireplace.

The home was built in the 1990’s and at that time the clients installed a mid-efficient vented gas fireplace. It’s interesting to note here that the motivation to change fireplace was not driven by upgrading the efficiency of the appliance, but to change the style and look of both the gas fireplace and surrounding finishes. The added value of a high efficiency direct vent gas fireplace’s additional heat output into the room was an unanticipated bonus!

1990’s Fireplace
Removal of Original Surround & FireplaceRepaired Previous DeficienciesFresh & Contemporary
Valor L-1 series linear unit
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When we removed the surround and fireplace we found the original installation had some deficiencies with regards to the insulation, air sealing, and dry wall that could compromise the overall durability of this part of the home. This was repaired, new framing constructed, and fireplace with vertical direct venting installed in one day. The tile setter was in over the next few days, and here is the finished product;

The clients chose a Valor L-1 series linear unit, showcasing leading edge design, quality finishes and high efficiency, the L1 Series combines Valor’s proven performance with the latest in linear design.

A highly effective radiant and convective heater, the L1 raises “decorative widescreen” fireplace standards. Low turndowns provide hours of comfort, efficiently distributing warmth where you want it – when you want it.

The L1 Features

Heats without electricity   Direct vent installationHeats without the need for a fanValor Wall Mount SwitchStandard safety barrier screenProgrammable ValorStat Plus remoteInsert approvedAluminized firebox and stainless steel burnersValor-Extended Warranty




This fireplace heats without electricity and operates even during a power outage.  It also includes a programmable ValorStat Plus remote, standard safety barrier screen, direct vent installation which allows you to install it practically anywhere, a Valor Wall Mount Switch to turn your pilot light on and off with the touch of a switch, it heats without the need for a fan providing a quiet experience and the firebox is aluminized with stainless steel burners.  All in all this fireplace will last longer than many others out there.  Call us for a free estimate.